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1971 Vintage Report

Italian: 1971 was considered to be one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century for Italian wine. Excellent growing conditions during 1971 produced a small crop of rich, full bodied wines that have aged gracefully and will last for many years. In Piedmont, Barolo and Barbaresco are outstanding with a high level of consistency. Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti were also excellent.
In Tuscany, the best results were in Chianti where 1971 was officially rated a 5-star vintage. Many of the wines have shown exceptional ageing qualities. It was also a good vintage for Brunello.
 
Bordeaux: 1971 was a very good wine vintage whose only failing was to be overshadowed by the outstanding 1970 vintage. The crop size of the 1971 vintage was very small making wines a rarity. Well-stored examples of wine are likely to remain mature for a few more years.

Sauternes and Barsac: Sweet wines such as Sauternes and Barsac were outstanding in this year and will last for many decades to come.
 
Vintage Port: Port lovers should opt for 40 year aged Tawny ports. Not a declared year.

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1971

Righetti Luigi

This unique red wine from the Valpolicella area is made by grapes dried up to three months before being pressed. The technique of fermenting these semi-dried grapes makes a very strong wine, velvety in texture, filled with burnt plum flavors, and slightly higher in alcohol. Amarone is great with a rich meal of strong meats and aged cheeses.
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Price: £119.00
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Barolo, 1971

Terre del Barolo Reserva Speciale

From the Outstanding 1971 vintage, the Terre del Barolo has a very mature appearance. On the nose, sweet, nutty, figgy nebbiolo aromas. On the palate this is very mature wine, delicious, integrated and open palate with some nice sweet black-figgy-pruney fruit and a nice depth and balance. Ready for drinking now
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Price: £95.00
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Barolo, 1971

Marchesi di Barolo

Made with the Nebbiolo grape, Barolo is considered to be one of the finest types of wine in the world and is often refered to as 'the King of wines'. 1971 is one of the all time classic vintages for Barolos

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Price: £99.00
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Barolo, 1971

Berteletti Fratelli

Cherries on the nose with woody, tobacco and slightly floral tones. Full and delicious on the palate with fruits and some minerals present and pleasing tannins.
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Price: £94.95
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Barolo, 1971

Cantina Consociate Raggi

Still a wine of great character, and one that will give a tremendous amount of pleasure. Very lively on the nose, with tons of earthy, funky, animal notes, some undergrowth, lots of lovely red cherries and a healthy dollop of beef stock, along with sweet toffee and toast scents. The palate attacked with super fresh acidity, more red cherry flavours, haw flakes and some honeyed dates. Nicely aged, but this still had a sense of structure and firmness of tannin underlying it until the finish, where the energy from the acidity gave out a bit, and the wine dipped with a shortened show of sappy cherry and smoke.
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Price: £69.95
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Barolo, 1971

Sanzeno

From the outstanding 1971 vintage, this wine shows the magic of an aged Barolo. It starts with a beautiful Piedmontese nose of chocolate, damp wood, soy sauce and spice surrounded by deep, slightly heady aromas of dried dates, cherries and figs, all wreathed by classic notes of rose and tar. The palate is still just about right - still bright with acidity, but with tannins that had softened out, it showed lovely earthy flavours specked with wood spice, smoky tar and flowers floating around a delicious mouthful of sour cherries as the wine moved into a nice fresh finish that ended with a touch of savoury earth and soy notes ringed with a little halo of rose petals.
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Price: £89.95
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Cannonau Di Sardegna, 1971

Dolianova


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Price: £52.95
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1971

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, Level vts, label intact, slightly stained

Château Lafite Rothschild 1971 proves that Lafite Rothchild's wines always live up to its reputation, and it is the most consistent of first growths.

According to Jamie Goode (of wineanorak.com): "...the 1971s have consistently been undervalued. Thirty years' on, only the best of the vintage will still be at anything like their peak. But it's worth remembering that back in '71 Bordeaux wines were still made for long ageing. Yields have become considerably higher in recent years, and it's arguable that even the best properties no longer make such long-lived wines."

Reviews..
"Has an aroma like an aged Burgundy, with cherry and spice; flavor is mature, soft, very elegant.
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Price: £595.00
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1971

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 87 Points - Wine Journal ***

Reviews:
"It is ten years since I last encountered this ’71. It unexpectedly has a deeper colour than the ’70, the nose certainly more mature than before, forsaking that mint aroma for meatier, dried blood/ferrous notes. The palate is medium-bodied without the weight and depth of the ’70, but still quite fresh and well-defined at first, though a little “frayed” towards the leafy finish. Fine. " Neil Martin, Wine Journal 2008
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Price: £325.00
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Clastidio (Lombardy), 1971

Angelo Ballabio

This wine is from a small commune in the Lombardy wine region which is located in north central Italy and currently has 15 DOC’s, 3 DOCG’s and 13 IGT designations. Lombardy wine region has a diverse terrain but is considered a "cool" continental climate. Many of the wine areas are located near some of Lombardy's major lakes including Franciacorta near Lake Iseo and the Garda Bresciano and Garda Mantovano regions near Lake Garda.
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Price: £34.95
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